On Tuesday of our adventure, I barely took any pictures. Sad.
Brett and I spent the day at the orphanage on Tuesday. For the first half of the day, I was the interpreter at the little medical clinic we had set up there. A lot of women came with their numerous children and we tended to their needs by giving them baby formula, antibiotics, pain killers, child vitamins, etc. It was rather difficult to interpret because a lot of the women talked so fast or had a strange Mayan accent. Sometimes they had a hard time understanding me as well because apparently I have a thick American accent. I have to work on that. But, it was neat to work as an interpreter! My Spanish definitely improved and that night I dreamed in Spanish. Many of the women had dental problems and were experiencing a lot of pain in several of their teeth, so next trip we might try to bring some dentists down as well.
After I interpreted for the medical clinic, I interpreted in the distribution center where we gave an incredible amount of kid's clothes to many mothers. It was a bit chaotic because some women just started grabbing clothes and running off with them and we started to run out faster than we hoped because of that. Eventually we got all of the women under control and were able to give out the rest of the clothes in peace. I was the only Spanish speaker up there, thus it was so exciting to interpret again!
Sadly, here are the only pictures I have from Tuesday's work:
Tuesday night, after we ate dinner at the Rancho Grande Inn, we explored down town Panajachel and may have gotten a bit lost.
Wednesday, we went back to Chuti Estancia.
For the first part of the day, Rachel and I put little baby clothes and hats into packages to distribute out to the pregnant women or women who just had a baby.
Then we helped make beds and stoves and played around with the kids.
We had to say goodbye to the people in Chuti Estancia, which was bittersweet. We hope to go there again on our next trip.
That is Tuesday and Wednesday of our trip. The last to come in one final post.
Happy Monday e'erbody!